The Chinese adoption process has a lot of abbreviations. We had to fill out LOI (letters of intent) for each of the kids, we recieved PAs (pre-approvals), we submitted our dossier and were waiting for our LID (Logged in Date), and ultimately we need to receive our LOAs for each child. (Letter of Acceptance). That would insure that each of the three children were definitely our referrals. We also had to resubmit our I800A supplement to increase from 2 children to 3. That's the approval you have to have to bring the children back to the US as US citizens. We submitted them as soon as we could but were told it might take a little bit to get that approval, and we only hoped it wouldn't delay getting our LOAs.
On Tuesday morning, November 29 we received the email from FTIA that our LID was November 21. Now we'll just hope that our LOAs are close behind, and that China doesn't wait until our I800A is updated before issuing them.
Again, God's handprint is all over this adoption journey. Later in the day on that memorable Tuesday, we received an email from our agency that they had recieved our LOAs in courier. Unbelievable - we actually received them in record time. Whoo Hoo. As soon as they overnight them to us, we'll get our I800 forms filled out and sent to the Department of Homeland Security (that is another government form that has to be submitted that indicates which specific three children we are assigned and intend to bring back to the US as our children). We're moving along at record speed right now - just hope we don't hit any speed bumps along the way.
A bit about the Himsels
In July 2011, we were drawn to a posting by our adoption agency of a little girl that was soon to "age out" of the orphanage in China, and they were hoping to find her family before her birthday in February, when she would no longer be eligible for adoption. After reviewing the information, giving it alot of thought and prayers, we knew she was to be our daughter. So we started the paperwork chase to bring her home. But God had a bigger plan in mind for the Himsels. Along the way, we decided to pursue adopting a little boy, and that journey actually led us to two little boys, who are 18 months and 14 months old. All three children are located in the Guizhou province. We are excited to be so close to bringing home Ella (Jinglan), William, and Ethan, and we hope you follow along with our journey.